Year: 1986 Source: American Journal of Psychotherapy, v.40, no.4, (October 1986), p.511-520 SIEC No: 19871026

This paper attempts to define the characteristics of the “insolvable problem” in the dynamics of suicidal children. It posits that part of the underlying dynamics of suicidal children is being pressured to solve a problem in the family milieu which is beyond the child’s – & often anybody else’s – ability to resolve. Also, the paper outlines the possible relationship between the insolvable problem & various determinants involved in suicidal behavior such as depression, hopelessness & rigidity. (15 refs)